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    Soft tissue injury in 9 month old puppy

    Hi all -- Biscuit is our 9 month old golden retriever-type mutt. She's normally very active and very social with dogs and people alike, and her usual exercise routine includes a 30-min walk and two 30-min dog park sessions a day (we live very close to a dog park), romping and wrassling with other playful puppies. Failing that, we'll go for a jog.

    Sadly, last Friday we were at a vacation house and a heavy wooden gate on the deck that was leaning in a doorway instead of being detached, came out of the doorway in the wind and fell right on Biscuit. She cried and screamed and wouldn't use her left front paw. No swelling and we couldn't tell exactly where the problem was. We took her to the vet for x-rays, and the diagnosis was a soft tissue injury of some sort and a prescription for a week of Deramaxx and limited activity for a few days.

    This limited activity is starting to KILL us. Biscuit normally gets so much exercise and gets to socialize so much. She has started to try to play with every dog we meet walking on the street. She's clearly restless and stir crazy around the house. Her limp seemed to be gone (walking her around the block on a leash a few times a day) and she handled a few rounds of fetch last night, so we tried the dog park this morning but she immediately seemed to be in pain as soon as she romped with another puppy for like one second so we left.

    Does anyone have any advice for how to handle this? She's just a puppy and needs to burn some energy! Or advice for healing a soft tissue injury more quickly? How long does this sort of thing usually last? I have seen references to six month healing times, which strikes fear into my heart.

    Thanks all!
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    Re: Soft tissue injury in 9 month old puppy

    Soft tissue can mean anything from a sprain, to a tear, to crushed tissue. Ask the Vet for more info and more instructions.

    My dog was bitten in the paw, crushing ligaments, when he was 6 mos. He was OK in a month or two. However, 10 years later, he still licks that paws after exercise. Not sure if I could have improved the situation.

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    Re: Soft tissue injury in 9 month old puppy

    A way to burn energy is practice tricks and obedience commands. Mental stimulation is as taxing as physical.
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    Re: Soft tissue injury in 9 month old puppy

    Thanks for responses! The vet just said "soft tissue injury" because she couldn't feel anything or figure out exactly what the problem was beyond that. I think she just meant a sprain or strain or ligament pull -- torn or crushed things, she would have been able to feel during the physical exam (pushing and pulling and feeling the leg), but nothing showed up from that. This might sound weird but I'm glad to hear a crushed ligament healed in a month or two. Hopefully this will heal faster than that!

    We have been practicing our commands a lot! It does help, but I feel very bad keeping my super-social, very playful pup inside so much. She's clearly craving some doggy playtime and she can't have it! I'm worried that she'll somehow become less socialized during this time - the most she's getting is a little sniff-and-circle with other leashed dogs on the sidewalk. Is that possible?

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    Re: Soft tissue injury in 9 month old puppy

    I feel for you! I have a VERY active Greyhound who strained his Iliopsoas muscle in his right groin. To speed healing, I highly suggest going to a rehab practitioner and doing Cold Laser Therapy or Acupuncture. The laser has been awesome with my guy! Also, we get a handful of exercises to do every day of the week which keep Jack occupied. It's not as fun as playing ball, but... it has to do for now.

    Good luck!

    Jen

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    with Jack (Greyhound) & Lela (Chow/Beagle x)

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